Hello, friends and fellow music lovers! I hope you are staying cool out there and finding time to play. There is a lot going on here at BW world headquarters, so here goes!
I’m releasing a new album on August 30, WOOP! And I’ll be releasing three singles from that album as we lead up to the release date. Aaaand I’ve got some wonderful events coming up, too. More about all this below…
GRATITUDE: Large heaps of gratitude to these wonderful folks who have made my life more delicious…Jeff & Norm and all at Becker Canyon Driveway concerts, Oregon Poetry Association, DJ Jim & Jive Radio & Cascades Radio Hour and High Desert Music Hall and Dennis McGregor, Don & Wendy & Adrianne & Ronnie & all the wonderful staff and people at Lange Winery.
THE BIG NEWS: A new album coming out Aug 30, woop!! Y’all, I am SO EXCITED to share LOVE IS ONTO YOU with you. I recorded these songs with just me and a guitar here in Sisters at Keith Banning’s studio (thank you, Keith!) as acoustic offerings for my patrons. Then I asked my extremely talented friend and collaborator Tyler Fortier to add some sparkle to these songs. We asked a few musicians (Milo Fultz, Nate Barnes, David Jacobs-Strain and Phillipe Bronchtein) to help us out by recording their parts remotely, and then Tyler sifted through the magic to create the album LOVE IS ONTO YOU. We were never in the same room, let alone zip code, and that speaks to our history of trust. I am so blown away by what these amazing musicians created!
SO…LOVE IS ONTO YOU will be available on all the usual platforms for streaming and downloading and purchasing on August 30. However, I have the CDs in my hands right now! So if you would like a CD, I would love to send you one!
ALBUM PRE-SALE: For a new CD, please send $20 via PayPal or Venmo (@bethwoodmusic, last 4 digits are 0595). Be sure to include your mailing address. And if you would like to buy the download directly from me, I’d be happy to send you the files! Please send $10 via via PayPal or Venmo. Holler at me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions?
I’m offering this new album free to patrons in whatever format they choose! So if you’re curious about Patreon (a subscription to my music and poetry), now’s a good time to check it out and sign up, and I’ll send the the album as a bonus!
Here is the gorgeous artwork for the front and back covers! Front photo by Dennis McGregor and back photo by Brent McGregor and Kara Mickaelsen.
And here’s a little lyric video teaser I created for the first single LOVE KEEPS THE FLAME coming out on Aug 2. If you use Spotify, you can pre-save the single here. If not, no worries!
I’ll try not to inundate you with emails and updates between now and release date ha! But I’m just so dang excited.
Tue, Aug 9 – Keep The Change – single release
Tue, Aug 23 – The Speed Of Lonely – single release
Tue, Aug 30 – LOVE IS ONTO YOU – album release
Please follow me on your favorite streaming platforms to hear these new releases when they go live!
Mon-Fri, Aug 15-19 – The Nature of Expression Creativity Camp – Sisters, OR. An opportunity for youth going into grades 5-8 to explore art, music, creative writing and nature. Hosted by Sisters Folk Festival. I am so excited to collaborate with amazing artist Judy Fuentes again for a week of creativity and fun! Camp is sold out but you can email email@example.com to be put on the waiting list.
Wed, Aug 24 – The Suttle Lodge – Sisters, OR. I love this stunningly beautiful place in Deschutes National Forest about 20 minutes outside of Sisters! I’ll be playing at the rustic village (near the cluster of little green cabins) from 5-7 pm. Free and no tickets needed. $20 for the BBQ. The guest brewery is one of my favorites, Pfriem Family Brewers from Hood River!
Sun, Aug 28 – Backyard House Concert – Sisters, OR. With Dennis McGregor. A beautiful outdoor house concert hosted by Tom and Norene Gonsiewski! Tom and Norene say…All concerts are held in our yard, 287 W Jefferson Ave., Sisters. All proceeds go to the musicians, you supply your chair, blanket, snacks and beverages and spread the word to your friends. We will supply the space, bathrooms, water and cookies. If you would like to make cookies to share, you are welcome to bring them too. Children are very welcome at no charge, but please leave your doggies at home. Come early and visit with friends and enjoy a cookie, then we can all get ready to listen. Please email us with your intention to come and the size of your party, so that we can save you a space on the lawn! We can comfortably fit up to 90, and we want you to spread the word, so help us reserve your space first! From 6-8 pm. Requested donation is $20 per person.
Fri & Sat, Sep 2 & 3 – Home By Dark at Union Hill Park – Alpharetta, GA. 1590 Little Pine Trail. 678.665.0040. Home By Dark is my favorite concert series EVER, and I am thrilled to return to make some musical mischief with my friends! Since 2007, HOME BY DARK has captivated audiences with one of the most powerful and unique concert events in America. Inviting the best songwriters and musicians in the world to its stage, HOME BY DARK is a Nashville meets New York meets L.A. meets Atlanta, storytelling, romantic, pierce your heart, laugh til it hurts, reminds me of momma, dance in the aisle, that’s my favorite song, evening you’ll never forget. Music starts at 8 pm. Gates open at 6:30. Table seating only. Saturday is sold out. Click here for Friday tickets and more info.
SOME RANDOM PICS
My favorite practice spot…
This is what Hannah thinks of summer…
Well, we didn’t get any pics from our Cascades Radio Hour show at High Desert Music Hall, but we did get to do a photo shoot with the amazing Heaven McArthur! Love these shots…
And I love these pics of Hannah Laroo! Guess what, y’all? Aug 21 will be our first anniversary of the day I brought her home! She has brought me so much joy and laughter and companionship and comfort, and I am SO grateful for this little character!
Friends, I have to say I am overwhelmed with gratitude to still be able to make music and share it with you and to be a part of these amazing concerts and workshops. The music business has always been a mystery to me, and quite frankly it has chafed against my skin like an ill-fitting pair of burlap pants. 🙂 The pandemic allowed me to shift my thinking and my approach, and I’m doing things on my own terms now. I feel like the luckiest woman in the world to have this direct connection with you through music. I hope to nurture that connection for many years to come!
With big heaps of gratitude,
Down the road a piece…
Sun, Sep 11 – Oregon Symphony Lullaby Project Concert – Portland, OR
Sun, Sep 18 – Private House Concert – Olympia, WA
Mon-Thu Sep 26-29 – Americana Song Academy – Camp Sherman, OR
Sun, Oct 2 – Sisters Folk Festival Community Celebration – Sisters OR
Sun, Oct 23 – Songwriters-In-The-Round w/Cal Scott & Richard Moore – Portland, OR
Sun-Fri, Oct 30 – Nov 4 – Moab Folk Camp – Moab, UT
p.s. if you want a good laugh here’s our blooper reel from when we tried to make a video to promote our gig last month…heehee